by Christine Baksi
This week, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced that Dickinson College is once again a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students. The Fulbright Program, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program.
For the 2020-21 cycle, four Dickinson students received Fulbright awards. Additionally, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Andy Wolff was named the fall 2020 recipient of the Fulbright NATO Security Studies Award to Belgium, where he is investigating how European security is managed in a complex and multilevel governance environment. Wolff is also teaching a graduate course at the College of Europe in Bruges.
“We are exceedingly proud of our Fulbright recipients,” said Dickinson President Margee M. Ensign. “Their commitment to global education and intercultural competency is more important now than ever in such challenging times. Dickinson is also proud of its longstanding ability to produce Fulbright U.S. students. It is an important measure of our leadership in global engagement.”
Since 2010-11, Dickinson has been named a top Fulbright-producing college eight times, during which 55 Fulbrights were awarded to graduating seniors and Dickinson alumni. Additionally, Dickinson’s Fulbright Program advisory team learned recently that a total of 10 students/alumni are semifinalists for the 2021-22 program. Dickinsonians are supported throughout the application process by a team of advisors coordinated through the Center for Advising, Internships & Lifelong Career Development. The 2020-21 advisors included Amity Fox, dean and director of internships and fellowships; Alyssa DeBlasio, associate professor of Russian; Donna Bickford, director of the Women’s & Gender Resource Center; and Amy Steinbugler, associate professor of sociology.
“We are delighted to see that the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2020-21 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States,” said Mary Kirk, director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “These institutions benefit from having their students represent their campus overseas, often inspiring reciprocal exchanges from foreign Fulbrighters. Fulbright U.S. Students enrich their educations, advance their careers, and make valuable contributions abroad and at home. They also expand their networks by joining the diverse and accomplished group of Fulbright alumni and receiving the professional recognition that comes with being named a Fulbright Student.”
Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 people from all backgrounds—recent university graduates, teachers, scientists and researchers, artists, and more—have participated in the Fulbright Program and returned with an expanded worldview, a deep appreciation for their host country and its people, and a new network of colleagues and friends. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists and teachers. They include 60 Nobel Laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize winners, 75 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
Published February 18, 2021